When you are a carer, everyday life can feel challenging and stressful. The responsibility of caring for a loved one can leave you feeling tired, drained, underappreciated and sometimes overwhelmed. You are not alone.
It’s important to understand that most carers will feel stressed at some point, and everyone experiences and manages their stress differently. Our 5 simple tips may help you to manage your stress.
1. Acknowledge your feelings
It’s OK to feel stressed or overwhelmed when caring for a loved one. Using a journal to write down when you feel most stressed and why may help you understand what most affects your stress levels. If a journal isn’t your thing, try speaking with a friend or chatting with a councillor. It’s important to recognise what triggers your stress and why you feel the way you do.
2. Take time out for yourself
Taking time out for yourself can be as simple as going for a walk, reading a book or listening to music. Incorporating time for yourself in your daily schedule is an important part of better managing your stress. The Suncare respite centres provide the opportunity for you to take the time you need to slow down, breathe and relax.
3. Make new social connections
Connecting with others is another way to manage stress. Try a new social activity at Suncare’s respite centre. Here, you will connect with other people in a similar situation to your own providing the opportunity to create friendships and share stories and experiences.
4. Look after your wellbeing
A well-balanced diet and enough sleep are central to your general wellbeing. If you struggle to fall asleep at night, try mindfulness or relaxation techniques. There are many apps, books and podcasts available that can teach you these self-awareness and relaxation techniques.
5. Seek support
You don’t need to do it on your own. There are many Suncare respite, social support and wellbeing programs that have been designed specifically for carers. Our Customer Service Team can help you find the support you need.
It’s difficult to eliminate stress altogether, however, by practising our tips you're taking a step in the right direction and looking after your wellbeing. Contact our Customer Service Team on 1800 786 227 to find out more.